Crusade For National Healing On Course
-Gov’t, CSOs Launch Revised Roadmap
The Liberian Government and Civil Society organizations (CSOs) are making every effort to amplify ongoing crusade for national healing, peace building and reconciliation across the country.
The Government, through the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 launched what is being described as the “Revised Strategic Roadmap for National Healing, Peace building and Reconciliation” in Monrovia.
Prior to the launching of the Revised Roadmap on behalf of the Liberian Government by the MIA, the Executive Director of the Foundation for International Dignity (FIND), Roosevelt Woods, who was also very instrumental along with other civil society actors in the revised process was given the opportunity to formally present the document to the government through the Ministry of Internal Affairs.Speaking in the conference room of the MIA, Woods described the document as a very effective tool to promote peace and reconciliation in Liberia and expressed the commitment of the CSOs to working with the Liberian Government and other actors, locally and internationally to ensure its successful implementation.
According to the FIND boss, the revised process endured series of consultations with government ministries and agencies, as well as other relevant stakeholders. “I am happy that the document is ready to be presented to the government through the Ministry of Internal Affairs today.”
Woods added that although the government made significant effort to allocate money in the pending national budget to support the peacebuilding and reconciliation effort, US$3.M was needed to fully implement the 18 year plan.
For his part, and in his opening and final remarks on behalf of Internal Affairs Minister, Varney A. Sirleaf, Deputy Minister for Research, Development and Planning, Olayee S. Collins thanked donors and CSOs that were involved in the revised process.
Min. Collins, however, expressed the commitment of the George Weah led regime to supporting the initiatives, adding that “there is more to be done and the government is aware that peace is the bedrock to all our plans and policies.”
Also speaking was Liberia’s peace Ambassador, Rev. Richard Tolbert the lll, who accentuated the need for every Liberian to prioritize peacebuilding and reconciliation at every level, adding that some of the efforts do not need money particularly, when every Liberia begins to engage one another constructively with peace messages.
The ceremony was graced by representatives of various groupings, including CSO, donors and government of Liberia.
In December 2012, the Liberian Government first launched the Strategic Roadmap as a national framework designed to achieve sustained peace and reconciliation, and to address the roots causes of the Liberian civil war.
The Roadmap defined reconciliation as a multidimensional process of overcoming social, political, and religious cleavages; mending and transforming relationships; healing the physical and psychosocial wounds from the civil war, as well as confronting and addressing historical wrongs, including structural root causes of conflict in Liberia.
It contains 12 thematic areas based on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendations.
The roadmap, according to those who designed it has a lifespan of 18 years with strategic outcomes of transforming mindsets, rebuilding relationships, and rebuilding social, political, and economic institutions to sustain reconciliation and peace by accounting for the past, committing to addressing challenges of the present and collectively aspiring for a better and share future.